Blue's Explosion + Power Solo @ Concorde 2
Brighton, Tuesday 20th September,
The Blues explosion hop over for a whistle stop tour before jetting
back off again, tonight they're playing Brighton as a warm up to there
special ATP show in London, where they will be playing the classic 'Orange',
It might not surprise you to learn that tonight they choose to use tonight
as a warm up for this and play the album in it's entirety, but before
that we have the nights support band to discuss.
The Blue's explosion are one of those rare bands that are well known
for always picking good support acts, in the past they've had The Yeah
Yeah Yeah's, The Kill's and TINC, tonight like usual they don't disappoint
bringing a little known Danish three piece called Power Solo along with
It's pretty evident that American culture in general like there Crunchy
Frog label mates The Raveonette's has been quite a large influence on
Power solo have a rockabilly punk feel to their music, sounding like
a cross between The Cramp's, Johnny Cash, JSBX and a sedate Eighties
Matchbox B-line Disaster with the majority of the audience being suitably
impressed by what they hear and see.
I'm not one to usually throw around words like seminal but in the case
of the Blue's explosion it is a tag that is well deserved.
Tonight we're treated to an outing of there 1994 album Orange in both
its entirety and with the exact same running order.
Some may question why one would go to a gig where you knew what songs
are going to be played before you go, but with the Blues Explosion you
always know what you're going to get beforehand. You're going to dirty
blues punk, Jon Spencer will leer and scream into the microphone, he
will also shout out "Blue's Explosion" at least several times
during the night, Judah Bauer will coolly stand to one side supplying
the steady riffs and understated lead while Russell Simins will pummel
away at the drum kit.
In recent years it does seem that theirs been a countless amounts of
bands that they have been a major influence on, even though this influence
hasn't always been credited and Orange has been the main instigator
of this. Song's like 'Bellbottoms' and 'Sweat' have been emblazoned
onto the sleeve's of many a young man and tonight they are played with
as much energy and determination as if it's the first time they're being
aired. By the time of 'flavor' we know it's soon going to end, Judah
Bauer rap's Beck's part's before it stop's and then they kick in with
When they've finished playing they leave the stage briefly before returning
and playing an encore which last's longer than many bands main set's
and will include a dedication to RL Burnside.
In a time where it seems that many bands seem to take there foot off
the peddle and relax after the release of there first album only to
return with a luke warm and passionless second before disappearing,
the blues explosion are a breath of fresh air. If only more bands could
show as much commitment, determination and passion as them.
By Nathan Westley
Pix by Mike Burnell
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